New York Mets: Phil Regan

View from FSL: St. Lucie Mets

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Adam Rubin2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini fields grounders at Tradition Field before Monday's St. Lucie Mets game.

Adam RubinPhil Regan, the 77-year-old pitching coach of the St. Lucie Mets, throws batting practice.

Adam RubinSt. Lucie second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, son of ex-Met Lee Mazzilli, working pre-batting practice on infield drills.

Farm report: Fulmer moves beyond 2013

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MIAMI -- When the Mets selected Michael Fulmer with the 44th overall pick in 2011, Paul DePodesta suggested the right-hander was the third big prep arm in that year’s draft from the state of Oklahoma, along with Dylan Bundy (fourth overall/Orioles) and Archie Bradley (seventh overall/Diamondbacks).

Three years later, the 21-year-old Fulmer is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in five starts for Class A St. Lucie this season. The recent results have been encouraging, though.

After allowing 16 runs over his first three starts, Fulmer has produced consecutive scoreless efforts. In 11 innings over those two recent Florida State League starts, he has allowed seven hits and three walks and hit a batter while striking out five.


Courtesy of New York MetsMichael Fulmer


He throws a fastball (92-94 mph), slider, curveball and changeup.

Last year, Fulmer required March 12 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and did not appear in a Gulf Coast League game until June 25. He ended up making only nine appearances between the GCL and Savannah before getting shut down with biceps tendinitis after an Aug. 18 appearance.

So this season’s slow start might have been partly attributable to knocking off the rust after limited work a year ago.

“It’s a little bit of that. Most importantly, it’s the things me and [St. Lucie pitching coach] Phil [Regan] have been working on in between starts -- tweaking deliveries here and there,” Fulmer said. “I think I just kind of put everything together at once and these past couple of starts kind of worked out.”

The tweaks?

“It’s staying back a little longer on my backside. And then really getting over on top of the ball and keeping my front side strong and keeping it closed,” Fulmer said. “It’s just little things. I think everything is going in the right direction.”

As for 2013, between the meniscus surgery and biceps issue, Fulmer said: “I just never really got going. I tried to come back from the meniscus surgery and it felt fine, felt fine. And then I finally got back and just didn’t feel right basically all year. But it’s a new year. Everything is feeling 110 percent healthy. And I’m excited to get this year going. It was basically just inflammation of the biceps tendon. Nothing too big.”

Early on in his Mets career, fellow Oklahoman Jeremy Hefner took Fulmer under his wing, including going to dinner a couple of times during spring training that year. Both are represented by agent Jay Franklin.

As for three years ago, Fulmer ended up meeting the big-league club shortly after the draft, because the Mets were playing an interleague series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.

“I remember being speechless when I met Jose Reyes,” Fulmer said. “You follow baseball, the entire MLB, and you know who guys are. I was just 18 at the time and never really met anybody in the major leagues. Just to meet all those guys on the team, it was basically a dream come true. They were all nice and welcomed me in and talked to me a little bit.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .393; Wilfredo Tovar, Binghamton, .350; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .347; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .337; Eric Campbell, Vegas, .331; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .330; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, .329; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .299; Zach Lutz, Vegas, .298; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .297.

Homers: Matt Clark, Binghamton, 7; Taylor Teagarden, Vegas, 7; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 5; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 5.

RBIs: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 32; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 29; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 26; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 25.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 8; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 7; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 6.

ERA: Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 1.48; Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 1.89; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.14; Buddy Carlyle, Vegas, 2.16; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.77; John Gant, Savannah, 2.79; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 3.04; Hansel Robles, Binghamton, 3.51; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.58; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 3.58.

Wins: Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 4; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4; Rob Whalen, Savannah, 4.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 5; Robert Coles, Savannah, 5; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 4.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 36; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 36; John Gant, Savannah, 30; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 30; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 29.

Short hops

Vic Black has taken over closing duties from Jeff Walters with Vegas. Walters has a 9.82 ERA and was 6-for-9 in save chances. Walters suffered the blown save and loss Monday at Tacoma, when he entered with a one-run lead and surrendered a pair of ninth-inning runs. Black has walked 10 and hit a batter in 12 1/3 innings this season, but he also has a 0.73 ERA. He has not issued a walk in his past three appearances, although he did allow three hits before preserving Vegas’ 7-6 win Tuesday night at Salt Lake.

• Right-hander Rob Whalen, who is 4-0 for Savannah, has been released from the hospital after having an infection on his throwing hand surgically cleaned. Whalen will need to wait a couple of weeks before resuming throwing. Teammate Robert Gsellman, who sports an organization-best 1.48 ERA, also landed on the disabled list, with a hamstring strain. Gsellman has resumed tossing a baseball and should get on a mound again soon.

• Former Mets reliever Royce Ring is back with the organization as Gulf Coast League pitching coach. Ring, 33, briefly pitched last season for the independent Long Island Ducks. The Mets may have one more minor-league pitching coach vacancy, but there is hope Frank Viola will be well enough to join Vegas in time for Tom Signore to return to his originally intended role as Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach. Viola underwent open-heart surgery on April 5. Brooklyn’s season opens June 13. Viola will be the Mets' ceremonial representative at the televised June 5 draft.

• Kansas State product Jared King proposed to his girlfriend Maggie Watson before Saturday’s Savannah game. She accepted.

• Left-hander John Lannan has yet to report to Vegas because of an ongoing family issue, team officials said. Lannan last appeared in a game April 13, with the Mets.

• Former second-round pick Cory Mazzoni, who was forced to depart the final spring-training game in Port St. Lucie in the second inning with a lat issue, has started throwing and is moving closer to mound work. Mazzoni had been ticketed for the Triple-A rotation to open the season.

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Regan, 76, remains St. Lucie pitching coach

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Phil Regan, who earned the nickname "The Vulture" as a player, and who managed the Baltimore Orioles in 1995, will return to Class A St. Lucie as pitching coach. Regan will turn 77 on April 6, during the Florida State League's opening week of 2014 play.

Also returning to St. Lucie is manager Ryan Ellis, who will be in his third season managing the club. Ellis earned Florida State League manager of the year honors in 2012, when St. Lucie had a franchise-record 83-52 mark.

Joel Fuentes, in his eighth season with the organization, will serve as hitting coach.

The Triple-A Las Vegas 51s previously named Wally Backman manager, Frank Viola pitching coach and George Greer hitting coach.

Farm report: Rainy outlook positive

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Rainy Lara forced his way into the Brooklyn Cyclones rotation in 2012 by excelling in extended spring training and getting on the radar.

This season, the 6-foot-4 right-hander’s performance at low-A Savannah, which included two South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week awards, has resulted in a promotion to St. Lucie.


Courtesy of New York MetsRainy Lara


The 22-year-old Lara has a combined 1.38 ERA in nine starts between the two Class A levels this season, best among Mets farmhands. The ERA ranks sixth in all of minor league baseball among qualifiers.

In his Florida State League debut last Thursday, Lara allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and a hit batsman while striking out four in eight innings.

“I saw him a little bit this spring, and I only saw him one [regular-season] game so far,” St. Lucie pitching coach Phil Regan said. “It’s impressive in that he threw very few balls above the knees, kept everything down, went eight innings. I think after five innings he only had 50-something pitches, which is unusual for a young pitcher. He got every pitch over. I guess the thing that really impressed me, probably even more than that, was his composure. He wasn’t nervous. He seemed like he fit right in.”

Said Lara in Spanish, with teammate Gilbert Gomez translating: “The most important thing for me to be successful is getting ahead in the count and just pounding the strike zone as much as I can.”

Lara’s fastball registers 89-92 mph, with an occasional 93 mph. He also throws a slider and changeup. His biggest asset is the sink on his pitches.

He was born in Bani in the Dominican Republic. He said he started playing baseball at eight years old, mostly as a second baseman in the early years. He began pitching at 15 and his velocity shot up a year or two later.

“I started throwing with velocity when I was 16 or 17,” Lara said.

The Mets signed him in 2009 after watching him pitch in the Dominican Prospect League.

Organization leaders

Average: Jayce Boyd, Savannah, .358; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, .343; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .312; Josh Satin, Vegas, .311; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .310; Travia Taijeron, St. Lucie, .308; Jamie Hoffmann, Vegas, .299; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .299; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .296.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 11; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 9; Josh Satin, Vegas, 9; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 9; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 9.

RBI: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 40; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 40; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 39; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 38; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, 37.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 15; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 14; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 13; Cory Vaughn, Binghamton, 8; Danny Muno, Binghamton, 7.

ERA: Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 1.38; Rafael Montero, Binghamton, 2.71; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.73; Collin McHugh, Vegas, 2.74; Noah Syndergaard, St. Lucie, 2.81; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.87; Luis Cessa, Savannah, 3.69; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 3.86; Zack Wheeler, Vegas, 3.86; Carlos Torres, Vegas, 4.31.

Wins: Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 7; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 7; Rafael Montero, Binghamton, 6; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 6.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 13; Bret Mitchell, Savannah, 9; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 5; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 5.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Binghamton, 71; Carlos Torres, Vegas, 63; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 61; Zack Wheeler, Vegas, 59; Noah Syndergaard, St. Lucie, 59.

Short hops

• Right-hander Noah Syndergaard (2-3, 2.81 ERA), second baseman T.J. Rivera (.296, 0 HR, 25 RBIs) and outfielder Dustin Lawley (.242, 11 HR, 40 RBIs) have been selected to represent St. Lucie in the Florida State League All-Star Game on June 15 at Dunedin, Fla.

• Savannah placed five players in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game: catcher Kevin Plawecki (.343, 6 HR, 40 RBIs), first baseman Jayce Boyd (.348, 3 HR, 37 RBIs), outfielder Brandon Nimmo (.314, 1 HR, 16 RBIs), right-hander Gabriel Ynoa (7-2, 2.87 ERA) and closer Bret Mitchell (1.13 ERA, 9-for-9 in save conversions). The game will be played June 18 at Lakewood, N.J. Savannah manager Luis Rojas and pitching coach Frank Viola also will represent the Gnats. Plawecki and Boyd are expected to receive promotions after that event, which coincides with the end of the first half of the Gnats’ season.

• St. Lucie outfielder Travis Taijeron earned his second Florida State League Player of the Week award this season. Taijeron, an 18th-round pick in 2011 from Cal Poly Pomona, hit .500 for the week and had a three-homer doubleheader. He is hitting .308 with nine homers and 27 RBIs and has a .399 on-base percentage this season.

Luis Cessa earned the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week award. The 21-year-old right-hander combined to limit Augusta and Kannapolis to one run on nine hits and two walks while striking out 17 in 14 1/3 innings over his past two starts.

• Third baseman Josh Rodriguez, who was signed as a minor league free agent last year, has a 20-game hitting streak with Binghamton. That is the longest in Double-A this season. Rodriguez, 28, went 1-for-12 with a walk and hit by pitch with the Pirates in 2011 after being selected in the Rule 5 draft from Cleveland. He was returned to the Indians a month into the 2011 season, but then was purchased by Pittsburgh that June.

• The MLB draft takes place Thursday through Saturday in Secaucus, N.J. The Mets pick at Nos. 11, 48, 76, 84 and 116, then every 30 after that. Their total available signing bonus money is $6.99 million.

Minor league coaching assignments

March, 5, 2012
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Here are the Mets' expected minor league coaching assignments for 2012. The Mets now have eight teams after the elimination of the Gulf Coast League squad based in Port St. Lucie.

Buffalo (AAA)
Manager: Wally Backman
Pitching coach: Mark Brewer
Hitting coach: George Greer

Binghamton (AA)
Manager: Pedro Lopez
Pitching coach: Glenn Abbott
Hitting coach: Luis Natera

St. Lucie
Manager: Ryan Ellis
Pitching coach: Phil Regan
Hitting coach: Benny Distefano
Coach: Jose Carreno

Savannah
Manager: Luis Rojas
Pitching coach: Frank Viola
Hitting coach: Joel Fuentes

Brooklyn
Manager: Rich Donnelly
Pitching coach: Marc Valdes
Hitting coach: Bobby Malek

Kingsport
Manager: Jon Debus
Pitching coach: Jonathan Hurst
Hitting coach: Yunir Garcia

Dominican Mets 1
Manager: Jose Leger
Pitching coach: Francis Martinez
Hitting coach: Ender Chavez (brother of ex-Met Endy Chavez)
Coach: Manny Martinez

Dominican Mets 2
Manager: Alberto Castillo
Pitching coach: Benjamin Marte
Hitting coach: Leo Hernandez
Coach: David Davalillo

Farm report: Gorski still perfect in FSL

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Left-hander Darin Gorski’s 1.55 ERA not only is the best in the Florida State League, it leads by a wide margin. Former St. Lucie teammate Matt Harvey, already promoted to Double-A Binghamton, still qualifies innings-wise to rank No. 2 in the league, at 2.37. Palm Beach’s Joe Kelly ranks third at 2.59.


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Darin Gorski


Gorski also is unbeaten at 6-0, while his 87 strikeouts rank third in the league, trailing only Clearwater’s Trevor May (108) and Harvey’s 92. The St. Lucie southpaw started the Florida State League’s All-Star game in Clearwater.

“It was a great honor,” Gorski said.

Not bad, especially considering the 23-year-old Gorski went 6-8 with a 4.58 ERA in 25 games (18 starts) at low-A Savannah in 2010.

“It’s great when you pitch with a little bit of confidence,” said Gorski, a seventh-round pick in 2009 out of Division II Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. “You get some good results and a little bit of confidence, it feels great. I’m very happy.”

As for the uptick in performance from last season in the South Atlantic League, Gorski said: “Consistency is the biggest thing. I’ve been working with the pitching coach here, Phil Regan, a lot. He helped me with some mechanical changes and just getting me more consistent with my off-speed pitches. It’s just translated into a lot of success from there.”

Gorski calls his slider “a work in progress.” As for the rest of his repertoire, he also likes to throw a changeup.

“The combination of those two have been progressing pretty well together,” said Gorski, whose fastball averages about 89 mph. “As far as the fastball goes, for me it was never really a big velocity thing. I’m not like one of those mid-90s guys. It’s more location when I’m throwing it. I’m not too worried about what the radar gun is reading, because it’s nowhere close to 95 mph. I just try to hit my spots and keep the ball down and pitch to contact basically.”

And yet, despite pitching to contact, Gorski does have the 87 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings.

“Last year I had quite a few walks (43 in 114 innings), so one of the biggest things coming into this season for me was trying to not walk a lot of guys -- trying to induce contact and get ahead in the count,” said Gorski, who has walked 15 in 75 2/3 innings this season. “It’s a lot easier to pitch when you’re ahead in the count.”

Farm director Adam Wogan said Gorski has added some fastball velocity since he joined the organization. And although averaging 89 mph is not eye-popping, it is now at a level to work well in contrast to his other pitches.

Organization leaders

Average: Gregory Pron, Kingsport, .423; Juan Carlos Gamboa, GCL Mets, .407; Julio Concepcion, Kingsport, .382; Juan Lagares, St. Lucie, .344; Carlos Leyva, GCL Mets, .333; Nestor Moreno, Kingsport, .320; Cam Maron, Kingsport, .316; Josh Satin, Binghamton, .314; Pedro Zapata, St. Lucie, .309; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Buffalo, .298.

Homers: Brahiam Maldonado, Binghamton, 14; Lucas Duda, Buffalo, 10; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 10.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 49; Josh Satin, Binghamton, 48; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 47; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 42; Brahiam Maldonado, Binghamton, 40.

Steals: Jordany Valdespin, Binghamton, 22; Pedro Zapata, St. Lucie, 21; Matt den Dekker, Binghamton, 14; Darrell Ceciliani, Savannah, 12; Cesar Puello, St. Lucie, 12.

ERA: Miller Diaz, GCL Mets, 0.00; Ernesto Yanez, GCL Mets, 0.00; Hunter Carnevale, Brooklyn, 0.93; Jose De La Torre, GCL Mets, 1.42; Darin Gorski, St. Lucie, 1.55; Alberto Baldonado, GCL Mets, 1.80; Marcos Camarena, Brooklyn, 1.80; Edioglis Villasmil, GCL Mets, 1.80; Carlos Vazquez, Brooklyn, 1.88; Eduardo Aldama, Brooklyn, 2.45.

Wins: Matt Harvey, Binghamton, 8; Greg Peavey, St. Lucie, 7; Darin Gorski, St. Lucie, 6.

Saves: Josh Edgin, St. Lucie, 17; Jeffrey Kaplan, St. Lucie, 10; Nick Carr, St. Lucie, 8; Hamilton Bennett, Savannah, 6.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Binghamton, 96; Jeurys Familia, Binghamton, 87; Darin Gorski, St. Lucie, 87; Taylor Whitenton, Savannah, 73.

Short hops

Nick Evans extended his hitting streak with Buffalo to 18 games Tuesday night. That is the longest active streak in the minors, matching Tony Abreu’s streak with Reno in the Pacific Coast League. Evans caught Abreu because Reno’s game was postponed Tuesday. In 13 games since returning to Triple-A after being designated for assignment, Evans has nine multi-hit games and is hitting .490 (24-for-49) with eight doubles, 12 RBIs and eight walks. In Bisons modern history, Evans’ 18-game hitting streak matches Brandon Phillips (2004), Jeromy Burnitz (1995) and Les Norman (1997) for eighth longest. The record is 28 straight games by Alex Ramirez in 1998.

• Right-hander Matt Harvey and third baseman Jefry Marte will represent the Mets at the Futures Game on July 10 at 6 p.m. ET at Chase Field in Arizona, two days before the All-Star Game. The event will be televised on ESPN2. Harvey, the organization’s 2010 first-round pick, struggled with his fastball command and was charged with four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut Sunday at Bowie. The 22-year-old UNC product went 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 14 Florida State League starts before the promotion. Marte, who turned 20 on June 21, is hitting .286 with five homers and 37 RBIs in 73 games with St. Lucie.

• Infielder Josh Satin became the first player in the Binghamton Mets’ 20-year history to hit for the cycle when he did so Friday at Bowie. Satin ranks seventh in the Eastern League with a .314 average and third in on-base percentage at .412.

• Buffalo outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (.298, 6 HR) has been sidelined since June 9 because of an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder. He was due to attempt dry swinging and may progress to light cage work.

Zach Lutz’s rough Triple-A season injury-wise continued when the corner infielder landed on the disabled list Tuesday with a concussion, four days after being struck in the head with a curveball. Lutz had returned to the Bisons on June 10 after missing seven weeks with a hamstring injury and then a broken left index finger. The fractured occurred when Lutz was struck with a foul ball in the dugout while already on the disabled list. Lutz’s concussion triggered the promotion of Jon Malo to the Bisons from Binghamton, and Travis Ozga from St. Lucie to Binghamton.

Ryota Igarashi has put together a stellar stretch of relief appearances for the Bisons. Since surrendering a walk-off homer at Gwinett on June 6, Igarashi has limited opponents to four hits and three walks while tossing 13 1/3 straight scoreless innings. He has struck out 11 during that span. The key for Igarashi has been fastball command. Igarashi has a tendency to get in trouble when the pitch drifts up in the zone.

• Buffalo middle infielder Luis Hernandez, whose average was sitting at .196 on June 5, is hitting .310 (22-for-71) with 15 RBIs in his past 19 games.

Rhiner Cruz has more or less settled into the closer’s role with Binghamton, succeeding Erik Turgeon. The B-Mets’ bullpen had struggled, particularly at the back end, since John Lujan had been promoted to Buffalo in early May. It has now somewhat stabilized with Cruz closing, and with Josh Stinson assigned to the pen from the Triple-A rotation and Brad Holt from the Double-A rotation. The B-Mets, in fact, have won three straight series for the first time this season. Roy Merritt, the lone lefty in the pen, had a spot start with Jeurys Familia missing a turn. Merritt allowed one run in five innings. Familia threw a side session and is scheduled to be reinserted into the rotation by early next week.

• B-Mets second baseman Reese Havens, who has been tormented by oblique problems, has been out since last Thursday with an unrelated injury that the organization has not disclosed, but which has been described as short term.

• Center fielder Matt den Dekker is hitting .212, with 14 strikeouts in 33 at-bats, in eight games since a promotion from St. Lucie to Binghamton. The defensively solid den Dekker’s promotion has allowed Raul Reyes to move to right field from center. That has diminished Eric Campbell’s playing time, with Brahiam Maldonado getting the majority of the starts in left field.

Joe Bonfe, a 21st-round pick in 2009, who has an advocate in Savannah hitting coach Benny Distefano, went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored Monday as the Gnats put up a season-high 13 runs. Bonfe had only 77 at-bats in the first half, but is now seeing regular playing time in right field with teammates’ promotions to St. Lucie. A natural third baseman, he is boxed out there by the presence of Aderlin Rodriguez. Bonfe hit .326 with four homers and 28 RBIs in 270 at-bats with Brooklyn last season, also with Distefano as his hitting coach. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Bonfe can “run a little bit for is size,” according to Wogan.

Darrell Ceciliani returned from a three-day absence for an illness Tuesday in style with a ninth-inning two-run double in Savannah’s 5-3 win at Rome.

Rafael Fernandez, pushed off the St. Lucie roster because of outfield crowding, is seeing regular playing time with the Gnats and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. Fernandez is hitting .337 in June.

• Brooklyn left-hander T.J. Chism, a 32nd-round pick in 2009 out of La Salle, is 1-0 and 3-for-3 in save conversions in 6 2/3 scoreless innings for the Cyclones. Born in Phillies country, Chism has been particularly tough on lefty hitters, despite an average fastball. He combined to allow three runs (two earned) in 25 2/3 innings last season between Kingsport and Brooklyn.

• Right-hander Jose De La Torre pitched an inning in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday as he works back from shoulder discomfort that dates to winter-ball activity in Puerto Rico. He went 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 36 relief appearances for Buffalo last season.

• N.C. State right-hander Cory Mazzoni, the Mets’ second-round pick earlier this month, should appear in a game with Brooklyn within a week, although his innings counts will be severely restricted.

• UCLA product Erik Goeddel, a right-hander, is on a throwing program in Port St. Lucie. He was shut down after a May 23 appearance with Savannah with a shoulder strain.

Adam Rubin's farm report appears Wednesdays during the season

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